Theory and practice in perfect harmony
Today back at the Bohle headquarters in Haan: Before the practical part, Menzel talks to participants on theoretical issues over a cup of coffee. The hardware specialist informs participants about the requirements and the different versions of sliding door systems, shares some tips and tricks for measuring and assembly, speaks about the latest trends in automatic applications and about accessibility. Participants already know some the topics but most is new to them. Then, the future Master Glaziers take out their smartphones, not to take selfies, however – but to calculate the glass dimensions, position of drill holes, profile lengths, clearance dimensions and the handle height of a sliding door system. Menzel provides the framework conditions – product, mounting type, inside width. After 20 minutes, the participants have finished – Master Glazier Menzel reviews and corrects.
“A lot learned”
Shortly after, Maximilian S., who, apart from doing the master training, works in the family business in Bedburg, and Simon R. from Grevenbroich give the ultimate discipline a try: mounting a sliding door. Their mission: ceiling mounting of a Bohle SlideTec optima 150 synchronous converter which enables opening and closing two glass doors with a weight of up to 150 kg in opposite directions via deflection rollers. 90 minutes later, almost everything looks as it should be. Only the doors do not close flush. “The top carriages can be height adjusted by 3.5 mm”, instructor Menzel explains. “On site such an assembly might take you a whole day”, master student Simon R. says. “Here we have laboratory conditions. I did not know the system though. Therefore, here I have learned a lot today.”